[ athletics ] Fall sports update
Pioneer football team HAAC Champions Pioneer Football Continues to Roll, Captures HAAC Title
The No. 4 MNU Pioneers advanced their record home winning streak to 23 games with a 37-7 victory over No. 9 Missouri Valley on Nov. 6. The win secured outright the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship and a regular season with a perfect 10-0 record for the second time in three years.
The Pioneers have scored more than 38 points a game this year while their defense has given up less than 14 points a game.
QB Sean Ransburg leads the Pioneers in total offense at 209.5 yards per game.
The MNU men’s soccer team was playing well at the start of the season before the wheels fell off in a loss to Park University.
No problem, the Pioneers recovered nicely, going 3-1-1 in their next five games.
With Trent Remmich leading the way offensively and Matt Gow minding the net, the Pioneers ended their 9-7-1 year with a 1-0 defeat of Benedictine College.
Remmich, midfielder Michael Shadfar, and forward Luis Padilla made the HAAC All-Conference Team.
After a rough start to the HAAC season, the MNU women’s soccer team put together a nice run, winning two out of three games midway through October.
The Pioneers looked impressive in those wins, posting 3-0 and 4-1 wins to move their record to 7-6 on the season.
Led by Rachel McAndrew on the offensive end and Becca Skillman in the net, the Pioneers ended the season 9-9.
On the heels of one of the best matches of the season, the Pioneer volleyball team went into the final stretch of the season in search of continued momentum.
The Pioneers dropped a heartbreaker in five sets to Lindenwood on Oct. 12. The loss dropped them to 7-18 on the season. While the wins had been tough to come by, the Pioneers played well in stretches through the season, led by Megan Hayes and Laura Hamblin.
With a 12-18 (6-4 HAAC) for the season, the team made the HAAC play-offs advancing to the second round with their 3-2 win over Benedictine College on Nov. 6. ❡
The Pioneers next game will be in the NAIA playoffs at home on Nov. 20.
Pioneers To Take Cheer Team
to Next Level You see them at every game. If the Pioneers are playing, you can bet they are right there with them. They are undoubtedly the biggest supporters of MidAmerica Nazarene University athletics.
Now, the MNU cheer squad is primed to make a splash on the national scene.
With the leadership of co-head coaches Jessica and Josh Magaha, the new-look MNU cheer squad is turning heads. And that’s just what their coaches are counting on.
“We are looking to give MNU more of a competitive edge when it comes to cheering,” Jessica Magaha said. “There are a lot of small schools out there that are doing some amazing things. We thought that was something we could aspire to.”
“It’s now a sanctioned sport in the NAIA. Everyone is starting to see them as athletes,” Jessica says.
With Jessica handling choreography and Josh taking
care of the muscle – pyramids and lifting – the two are the perfect combination, and just what the Pioneer cheer squad needs to step up their cheering.
With the support of the athletic department and many others, the cheer squad is hitting the ground running this fall and gearing up for NAIA Nationals in March – where they hope to make a statement.
In the meantime, they have been busy. In early October, the team hosted a mini cheer clinic in conjunction with the MNU football game against Graceland. The team invited young cheerleaders from the Kansas City metropolitan area to join the team for the game. The event was very successful, according to Jessica.
They already have plans for a similar event during the basketball season.
As for the immediate future, the Pioneers are gearing up for the 2010 Best of the Midwest Cheer Festival on Dec. 18 at the Cook Center.
The cheer festival will highlight outstanding cheerleading in Kansas and strictly follow all KSHSAA rules and regulations. The festival will feature a large and small varsity division, a junior varsity division and a freshmen division.
For more information about the MNU cheer team, visit www.mnusports.com
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Rachenda Rockwell, sophomore, Des Moines, Iowa.
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